National Flight Academy Announces Military Scholarship Sponsored by Delta Air Lines

From: Malerie Shelton
Naval Aviation Museum Foundation
(850) 453-2389 
March 7, 2019, Pensacola, Fla.The National Flight Academy (NFA) in Pensacola, Fla. is proud to announce that Delta Air Lines is offering 80 tuition scholarships, totaling $100,000, to children of active duty or retired military service members to attend a six-day overnight Deployment program during Summer 2019.
Attendees, or “AMBITION Experimental Pilots” (AXPs), live aboard AMBITION, a state-of-the art program housed onboard a 102,000-square-foot virtual aircraft carrier. The aviation-based adventure weaves STEM learning objectives with important 21st century skills including critical thinking, problem solving, leadership development and effective communication.
AXPs plan missions with ultramodern and advanced technology as well as learn to fly in networked aircraft, eat on mess decks, sleep in staterooms and receive mission briefings in six fully-electronic ready rooms. Additionally, they experience different areas aboard the virtual carrier, including the Mess Deck, Join Intelligence Center, Joint Operations Center, Berthing Spaces and Hangar Bay.
“Delta is a great example of a company investing in an innovative program that will positively affect the future of young people,” said retired Marine Lt. Gen. Duane Thiessen, president of the National Flight Academy. “Together, we are able to have a positive impact on a large group of students.”
Each interested and eligible student must participate in a video contest or submit a 500-word essay for a chance to win a scholarship seat. Applicants must be between 11 to 17 years old, entering 7th – 12th grade, and must be an active duty or retired military dependent.


The video or essay must answer one of the following prompts:

  1. How would you use Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to be a positive influence on the world? Please include why you would want to attend the National Flight Academy.
  2. How do you think the aviation industry will use Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts to make significant advances to aviation over the next 50 years? Please include why you would want to attend the National Flight Academy.


Tuition scholarships are valued at $1,250 each. Delta Air Lines does not cover travel to and from the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, FL. However, shuttle service is provided from Pensacola International Airport to the NFA for those students traveling by air.

The video and essay contest submission deadline is Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm CST. Any videos or essays submitted after this deadline will not be considered. Parents must submit their child’s video or essay through this portal

Selected students will be notified by the NFA no later than March 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm CST via the parent’s email address provided during the submission process. Selected students must be available to attend one of the following weeks: June 16 – 21, June 30 – July 5 or July 14 -19. For full video and essay contest information, visit


About the National Flight Academy
The National Flight Academy, located aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida, is designed to address the serious concerns of declining Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills and standards in our country. The Academy’s mission is to inspire students who subsequently return to their parent schools and seek out the more challenging courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
The NFA is a self-supporting, tuition-based educational program. We welcome support from individuals, corporations and foundations for both our scholarship program and general operation funds. The National Flight Academy, a program of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Inc., is authorized but not endorsed or funded by the U.S. Navy or U.S. Government.
For more information about the National Flight Academy, visit or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Please contact Malerie Shelton, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, via email at for more information.
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